Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Hidden Sun by J Lloyd Morgan

Eliana and Rinan are in love. However, she is destined to become queen of Bariwon, obligated to marry the victor of a competition called the Shoginoc, while Rinan, her royal guardian, is forbidden to marry. Normally they could renounce their titles to be together, but these are not normal times. Abrecan, the malevolent governor of Erd, is determined to win the Shoginoc, thereby placing his easily manipulated son Daimh on Bariwon’s throne. Can Eliana and Rinan find a way to be together without jeopardizing the peace they are so desperately trying to protect? 

I must admit that when I picked up this book I had no idea what to expect.  I was in the mood for a castle, prince and princess story.  I was delighted to find out that it was exactly what I wanted - with a lot more adventure mixed in than I had anticipated.   It started out with a short history of the kingdom.  You learn to like Eliana from when she's small, along with her nursemaid and Priest Sherwyn.  You love her father and his kindness to his daughter and to his people.

Then you add the villain.  This book has a variety of villains.  They're smarter and more cunning than most villains.  Personally I love Daimh.  He's a good-looking guy that loves himself more than anything and he's not exactly a bright person.  But he speaks up when it is most needed - even if its not often enough. His dad and the magistrate Caldre however are villains that you want to see brought to justice.  You also have other villains that are bullies who enjoy using their positions to abuse others.

There are several tragic events in this book and you get hit hard with every one of them.  The book was well-written and kept you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It all comes to an exciting conclusion that you will have to read!

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